Backdrift | Amethysm

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by Backdrift

Ethereal, Ambient and often fluid electronic rock band from Boston Massachusetts.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Ceremony
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2. The Perfect Storm part 1 and 2
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3. Three
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4:52 album only
4. Four
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3:26 album only
5. Quick Fix
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2:25 album only
6. Amethysm
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5:07 album only
7. Sjofn
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8. New Frequency
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9. Thermal Love
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10. Helpless Echos
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11. Sailing into the Darkness
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Album Notes

BACKDRIFT is a Boston based electronic rock band. Their debut CD "Amethysm" is available now, featuring ambient, fluid electro-rock. The band was formed by Boston based author Rob Watts. The band was basically a side project for Watts between writing projects. So between him and some contributors, BACKDRIFT set out to create a debut album that would appeal to music fans who are tired of the same boring music played on commercial radio today.

Their debut album "Amethysm (The goddess of your system)" was released in April of 2005. It was recorded between Jan 2004-Feb 2005 in Boston, Ma. The CD is over an hour long and features 11 mind numbing, bass pounding tracks.

BACKDRIFT is preparing their early 2008 release titled "dbep." BACKDRIFT is a band that will evolve with each recording project.

Bands that influence BACKDRIFT:

Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Moby, DaftPunk, My Life with the thrill kill kult, Bjork, Trespassers William, Filter, Sigur Ros, Bran Van 3000, etc...

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Craig Marks

Pretentious and Excessive but gets better with each listen.
Upon first listen, I wasn't sure what to make of this CD when I was handed it. It begins with an upbeat techno groove with female chanting and sampling. Obviously I wasn't sure what was setting this album apart from other techno offerings. After listening to the entire CD closely, it became apparent that this CD was totally unexpected and ingenious. I wouldn't call this album a theme piece, however, it IS crafted in such a way to alter your mood halfway through. Tracks 1- 6 are full on upbeat tempos woven together nicely with synths, bass, guitars and ambient textures. Track 6, the title track "Amethysm", is a full on assault of probably every sound the band could get their hands on. from there on in, track 7-11 (12 if you count the hidden bonus track)are pure mellow and at times depressing offerings. Sailing into the darkness actually dropped my mood to a depressing state after hearing it.........but hang in there for the hidden track. It's a haunting melody with what sounds like 2XL (remember him?) chiming into the track a few times. So what do I think? At first, I thought pertentions and excessive. I now call it a time release CD that gets better with each listen. I like it. I give it 4 stars because it totally caught me off guard and turned my ear to something new. So take my advise, if you buy this CD, be patient, it will be worth it.

Lynne Collins

Good music for driving or waking up in the morning!
Backdrift's "Amethysm" is a very good effort for a debut CD. The music is strong and it features a lot of drum n bass. The synth and Pads are properly arranged and not too overdone. This album could have benefitted from more use of vocals however as it is primarily an instrumental album with female vocals accenting the music. Interesting use of samplings on a couple of tracks as well. Overall, this is a really good album and I give it 3 stars. I recommend this CD for long drives as it is actually best listened to as a full body of work, not just for a few good songs. It's also great for getting ready for your day as there are a lot of bass pounding tracks to get you up and going. I'm interested in hearing their follow up album when it is released.